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Ground Cherry 'Aunt Molly's' Organic
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Ground Cherry 'Aunt Molly's' Organic

Physalis pruinosa
An heirloom grown by the Pennsylvania Dutch since the early 1800s, the ripe yellow fruits of ground cherry are prized for jams, pies, and fruit salads, its sweet citrusy flavor described as "reminiscent of pineapple and brown sugar." Papery husks enclose the fruits and allow storage for three weeks or more. A prolific, trailing grower that can be grown on a trellis in a container, for easy-to-pick cascades of fruit.
SKU #S1369OG
Caution: Poisonous. The purchaser assumes all liability related to the use of this product.
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
61
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
2' h x 2' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Yellow fruits with a papery skin
Features
Great for containers
Notable
Certified Organic Seed Available
Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste Award Winner
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Just cover
Sprout Time:
6-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
75-90 days to harvest
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Keep at 70-80°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Not recommended.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
About a week after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Physalis pruinosa, commonly known as ground cherry or husk cherry, is an uncommon fruit-bearing plant that belongs to the Solanaceae family along with tomatoes and peppers. Native to Central America, the small, round, sweet fruits enclosed in papery husks develop in summer and should be sited in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. A lax grower, support with tomato cages, if desired, and harvest when the husks are dry, and the fruit is entirely yellow to orange. Ground cherries can be stored successfully in a cool, dry place for several weeks in their husks. Caution: while ripe yellow fruits are edible, the foliage and green fruits contain toxic solanine alkaloids and should not be consumed.
Final Spacing:
1.5-2.5'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
About 1" per week, more during especially dry spells. Do not overwater or allow to get soggy.
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic; 5.8-6.8
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting. Additional applications of liquid or granular fertilizer (preferably organic) can also be applied according to package instructions, typically every 2 weeks.
Diseases & Pests:
Be sure to provide plenty of calcium to prevent blossom end rot.